Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012

Double penalty for Maldonado after Spa incidents

2012 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012Pastor Maldonado will lose ten places on the grid at the Italian Grand Prix.

The Williams driver was handed two five-placed penalties following the Belgian Grand Prix.

They were for jumping the start and causing a collision with Timo Glock at the restart which led to Maldonado’s retirement.

Maldonado received a total of three penalties during the race weekend having been docked three places on the grid for impending Nico Hulkenberg during qualifying.

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  1. Can someone tell me if it is true that Maldonado has have 12 penalties this year?

    1. Not quite. 9 penalties so far. 7 for driving conduct (6 of them resulting in grid penalties and one in a drive through) + 2 gearbox changes.

      Also, it’s worth a mention that 5 of those 7 were for “causing an avoidable collision / incident”, one for “impeding” and one for “jumped start”.


  2. @keithcollantine Do you remember what penalty Alonso was given last year I reckon, for a false start? Was he given a drive through or a grid drop?

    1. he was given a drive through, as would Maldonado have been if he was competent enough to keep his car to himself for more than a lap.

    2. @mahavirshah Yep @jleigh is right. The stewards’ statement on Maldonado says “the driver failed to finish the race so the usual penalty for a false start could not be imposed”. Hence the grid drop.

      1. @jleigh Ahh yes competent is the keyword :D !

  3. Pastor *must* change his name by Deed Poll to “Crashtor” immediately. I no longer recognise him as “Pastor”, he’s the furthest thing from Saintly and Kind.

    Online petition maybe? ;)


    Maldonando, apparently means “ill favoured”! Blimey.

    Crashtor Maldonado is about as plumb as you can get wot? :) The ill favoured crashtor!

    1. Nominative determinism in action!

  5. Hey, if I can slow-motion the start and can’t see Maldonado move before the red lights go out, where’s the problem? I don’t care if they have timers to the microsecond, somewhere in the middle the decisions just get stupid when you’re talking real life.
    I’m pretty sure we’re talking about a time scale of how long it takes a light bulb to go from full on to full off. Sorry, but that’s ******** officiating.

    1. What are you talking about? Its blatently obvious even at normal speed he jumps the lights, watch it from Hamiltons onboard.

      1. You need to watch it again. Try and find the footage from Charlie’s tower. Its a dead give away because Charlie shakes his head as Maldonado screams past before he has pressed his button. Quite comical actually.

    2. Is the one thing in his career he already admitted to: he alleged the clutch lever slipped off his hand, plus you should see his car starts moving SLOWLY, BEFORE the lights go off, then he (fast witted as he is) intermediately takes control of the runaway car! (according to his own admission) and drives to the gap! punches the accelerator and heads for the lead! in an astonishing reaction to make the best of an already bad situation, (the first penalty placed him in that position, no I mean, a crazy runaway car!) and never thinking if this could have further consequences…may be? Come on!!! really? this is not school any more, you can not explain things like this, there are grown ups involved!!

  6. Maldonado doesn’t need a race ban.

    He needs an ASBO*.

    *For those outside the UK: Anti Social Behaviour Order. An official legal “you are a dangerous piece of work, but you haven’t done anything we can jail you for *yet*” judgement. (scheme has been closed)

  7. I don’t agree with the decision. A grid penalty for a jump start? I see that he has to pay somehow for an infringement but he gained no benefit from doing so. They should hae added 20 seconds to his time, i.e. done nothing.

  8. The irony here is that “pastor” means “shepherd” in Spanish and a shepherd is defined as “the one who cares for and guides a group of people”. Maldonado should change its attitude on the track or change his first name!

  9. He clearly didn’t jump the start. However, it matters not.

    The powers that be have decided, correctly, that he is unfit to race at this level. He will be punished and penalized until his seat is taken by a more professional and deserving driver.

    He won’t be missed.

    1. He clearly did jump the start!

      There are plenty of pics online now that clearly show it. Not only that, race control have jump start sensors on each car.

      You saying they made this up?

      1. The replay I saw looked convincing… but if I am mistaken, I accept it. As I said in the comment, whether or not he jumped the start is a smaller issue. He is a marked man – for good reason.

    2. As false starts are ‘judged using an FIA supplied transponder which must be fitted to the car as specified,’ if the stewards have got it wrong, we should have serious, fundamental doubts about time-keeping. And where would we be then?

      Let’s face it: he jumped the start.

  10. Is Ham the only driver taken out by Mal and Group this yer? Got to feel for him. Seems that championship this year will be decided by who is hit the least by one of these fools. -particularly Mal.

  11. During the broadcast on SpeedTV, the slow motion showed he did not jumped the start. His reaction was perfect while the other drivers where still standing. Just wondering by how much time did he jumped the start on the telemetries….

    1. He himself said in interview, that he “let the clutch slip” early, he was already on the move before the lights were out.

    2. @joematers
      It looks close, but try to pause the video as soon as you see Maldonardo’s car creep forward. You should notice that the red lights are still on at that point.

    3. MAL definitely jumped the start. The lights were still on when his car began to move.

  12. I cannot believe this driver still hasn’t received a ban!! Ok he wasn’t completely out of line this race but let’s take a look at his f1 career. In mean grogean did cause a horrible accident but I truly believe there was no intent Maldonado on the other hand has continuously cause collisions with malicious intent and gets away with it almost scott free. Is it just because he hasn’t taken a out a Ferrari yet!

    1. Is it just because he hasn’t taken a out a Ferrari yet!

      lol. I can’t discount this ’cause there are too much going on behind scene. But I’m skeptical when it comes to the case of taking out MAS.

      1. But he is dangerous reckless and callous. He has premeditated crashing previously (Hamilton last years qualifying ) he would defo have fitted in well at Renault a few years back. What happened to them again oh yeah that’s right. Maldonado should have already been banned tht is a fact.

  13. Did his jump start contribute to the first corner incident in some way?

    1. @tryptase Grosjean mentioned it following the news of his ban from Monza, saying that it caught him off guard, but other than that, nothing much else as far as I can tell.

  14. It wont’n stop until somebody lost his life because of a stupid driver like Maldonado. He should be fired from F-1 no matter what.

  15. Can someone tell me why Maldonado, unlike Grosjean, hasn’t received a ban yet (in any category) with driving like this?

    1. I’ve given Pastor the benefit of the doubt most of this season, he’s undoubtedly fast; his win was incredible, but with actions like that he should never have been given a super license. Absolutely speechless.

    2. I lot portuguese commentary… and yes Maldonado should be banned…

  16. Penalty seems fair to me. Grosjeans mistake was much more costly than Maldonado’s, why should he receive a bigger punishment?

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